The drama started last week, when Mohawke revealed on Twitter that he had worked on demos with Frank Ocean and James Blake, but wouldn't be getting himself into trouble by leaking any of the material in question.
Blake responded rather confusedly, taking the suggestion of collaboration as a compliment, but assuring the Twitterverse that the pair had never worked on music together.
As talented as I think he is, I've never worked with Hudson Mohawke and don't know what he's talking about. I'm respectfully baffled.— James Blake (@jamesblake) August 12, 2016
Then yesterday (August 14), Mohawke tried to clarify the misunderstanding, explaining that his work with Blake and Ocean never really amounted to anything.
Maybe need to clarify few things here...James tried a few things with some insts of mine for my last record but didn't come to anything— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 14, 2016
Frank and I worked together on some things but didn't really come to anything either. That's why I left those tweets up though— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 14, 2016
As rumours about the collaboration began circulating online, Mohawke sent out a screenshot of an email exchange from 2014 between the pair of producers, thinking he was proving his point. In it, Blake apologetically tells Mohawke that he "tried a few things" with beats Mohawke had sent him, but "didn't get very far."
can't believe i have to prove this. Seems so petty. nothing against james - but who do these mags think i am?!— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 14, 2016
Blake responded with a note, explaining that he has "listened to them and politely declined," rendering his insinuation that he had anything to leak rather ridiculous. "Leak what you have," the note continued. "You'd just be leaking one of your own beats with no vocals or input from me."
The final blow arrived when a rather heated Blake declared, "Thank god we've never worked together because I wouldn't be able to trust you with my music" — then implied that if Mohawke continued to threaten to leak tracks, soon no one else will want to work with him either.
Mohawke took the harsh note in stride, reaching out and asking to patch things up with Blake privately (outside of 140-character limits) once he's home.
@jamesblake I'll get in touch when I'm back n talk privately, this is blown way out of proportion now.140 characters taken out of context— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 15, 2016
Blake has yet to respond. He was at the Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin this weekend, where Justin Vernon debuted his new Bon Iver album 22, A Million.